At least four soldiers killed in Syria in deadliest Israeli airstrikes this year

Thursday’s strike was the ninth violation of Syrian airspace by Israel this year. Israel has carried out hundreds of such unprovoked strikes since the beginning of the war in Syria in 2011

April 28, 2022 by Peoples Dispatch
Israeli aggression in Syria
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Yet another Israeli airstrike in Syria killed at least four soldiers and injured three others on Wednesday, April 27. According to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA), the missile attack near capital Damascus also caused “some material damage.”

The attacks were carried out around 1 am on Wednesday. Syrian air defense claimed that it intercepted some of the missiles and destroyed them. 

This was the ninth Israeli violation of Syrian air space this year and the deadliest attack so far. On April 14, Israeli jets had violated Syrian air space and bombed the countryside near Damascus. No casualties were reported at that time.

The Syrian foreign minister issued a statement denouncing the “blatant and cowardly” aggression. He also wrote a letter to the UN Security Council and UN secretary general Antonio Guterres demanding the condemnation of the Israeli aggression. The letter also made it clear that Syria “reserves the right to respond by appropriate means” to all kinds of external aggression inside the country, Press TV reported.  

Israel, as is its policy, did not take responsibility for the attacks. However, local media in Israel claimed that the attacks were targeted at alleged Iranian military sites. 

Israel has carried out hundreds of such violations of Syrian air space since the beginning of the war in the country in 2011. On some rare occasions in the past, Israel has claimed that its strikes inside Syria are targeted against Iranian and Hezbollah targets and are carried out in “self defense.”

Recently, apart from Israel, Turkey and the US have also carried out airstrikes inside Syria. The country has filed several complaints in the UN against all these violations but no action has been taken yet.

In a rare development, Russia’s foreign ministry condemned the attacks by Israel. Its spokesperson Maria Zakharova said on Thursday, “We consider it necessary to emphasize that the ongoing Israeli shelling of the Syrian territory, the violation of the basic rights of international peace, is categorically unacceptable and inadmissible,” Tass reported.  

Russian forces have been aiding the Syrian government to restore control over the territories captured by the rebel forces after the war broke out in 2011.  

The Syrian foreign ministry’s letter to the UN also claimed that the Israeli aggression is in support of terrorist groups with the objective of prolonging the war in the country.     

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